300 Days for 300 Years: A Commemorative Devotional of the Presbytery of Philadelphia
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Georgia Marshall Schrom, Minister of Music, Presbyterian Church of Llanerch

  • Morning Psalms Psalm 116; 147:12-20
  • First ReadingZephaniah 3:1-13
  • Second Reading 1 Peter 2:11-25
  • Gospel Reading Matthew 20:1-16
  • Evening Psalms 26; 130

Vineyard Blessings

It is the last day of November. I am recalling the warmth of Thanksgiving Day with family, the triumph of Christ the King Sunday, and I am anticipating the wonder of the coming Advent season. Here in today’s parable, I find all three of these blessings if I view it with a different interpretation than usual.
The vineyard owner (God) gave equal wages (gift of grace) to all who labored, regardless of time spent.

To us, this seems unfair – not to God. God will do what God wills. God sent Jesus who paid the price for us, and through his sacrifice, we are given the gift. We can never, ever earn it! Any feelings of resentment toward God or others we must replace with gratitude! We must focus on growing and nurturing our own relationship with God.

The gift of grace is not like money we could put into an account to be saved for the journey from this life to the next. It is for Now. Emmanuel means God with us – Now. God’s grace is abundant, free, and renewing every morning. How can we not be wholeheartedly and joyously thankful!

Dear God, Though we can never earn your grace, help us to live a more holy and righteous life and to be always and in all ways grateful. Amen